More than an incredibly slick and sublime track, ‘Blue Petals’ is a visionary artistic statement that sees Qhairo firmly set himself out as a captivating and compelling emerging artist. As the single is released today, we caught up with him to talk playing The Royal Albert Hall, Kwabs and sculptor PJ Harper.
The first taste of his upcoming debut EP 60FOOTNOIR, due out this August, ‘Blue Petals’ offers a mesmerising fusion of smooth R&B, skittering beats and electronic flourishes. Flexing his soulful, inimitable vocals, Qhairo ranges from sultry, honeyed delivery to potent spoken-word and passionate bars, switching between these with seemingly effortless poise. A visceral, sensuous track, on ‘Blue Petals’ Qhairo explores his sexual identity and romanticism with bold intimacy.
Speaking on the track, Qhario expresses, “Blue Petals is about the curiosity and self-analysis surrounding sexual exploration. When I was younger I spent a lot of time watching how other men in my life interacted romantically and would imitate their behaviours. As I got older I started to realise how I wanted to be and who I wanted to be with romantically and enjoyed getting to know what that looked like. I wanted to explore and portray two parts of my personality in this visualiser and how I sometimes used them to hide myself…. A sort of nostalgic ode to growth”.
Get to know Qhairo In Short…
Three words to describe my music….
Last photo on your phone….
A photo of a painting I haven’t had the motivation to finish yet.
Favourite instagram account….
As of recent it’s probably been @pig.malion.
He’s an artist who centres his clay moulds around black bodies. I think the way he portrays blackness is beautiful so I find myself just staring at the page alot.
The best venue I’ve played….
I’d probably say The Royal Albert Hall. The first time I’d played there I was real young and hadn’t experienced anything like it before. It was mad
Earliest song you remember….
Buju banton – Hills and Valleys
The worst job I’ve ever had…
I haven’t had a bad job tbf, I guess that’s lucky
The thing I most love to cook is…
Used to be Mac and cheese but its recently changed to Jollof Rice and Stew
My Favourite word…
Cantankerous – such a bouncy word, doesn’t sound at all like what it means
A book I love…
Half of a Yellow sun by chimamanda ngozi adichie
Things that cheer me up….
Learning something new I guess… Or bingewatching things
If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
I saw a live video of Moses Sumney play at this open air show in Ghana.. It was like The Garden of Eden … I’d love to do something like that
I think you should listen to…
Go listen to Bree Runway, Denai Moore and every other sick black female
If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Always Kwabs… Forever Kwabs…. His voice moves me more than any other